Common Questions And Answers

You can purchase a minimum of one off-the-shelf NWR receiver system that offers an alert for the deaf and tough of hearing. Sometimes, if you currently have a home security system, you can connect the NWR receiver to your existing signaling system, similar as a doorbell, smoke alarm or other sensing unit. If you have some electronic devices skills, you might have the ability to buy an NWR receiver and other elements and assemble them into a system developed to fulfill your special requirements.

In easy systems, alarm gadgets are directly linked to the output of the NWR receiver. In more complex installations, using cordless and wired remote modules, connections are made through gadgets that permit more remote and flexible positioning of alarms. Alarms might need external power from batteries or modular power supplies.

The National Weather Service does not ever guarantee the correct operation of any of the devices or systems noted here and is not liable for any damages as a result of non-receipt of alarms, notifies or cautions from these systems. 

QUESTION: What good is a radio to individuals who are deaf or tough of hearing?

ANSWER: NWR provides non-verbal information anchored in its broadcasts to offer timely, critical cautions of life threatening events to the deaf and difficult of hearing. Some receivers are geared up with unique output ports that trigger alerting devices such as vibrators, bed shakers, and pillow vibrators.

With Specific Area Message Encoding technology, NWR receivers can be configured to set off an alarm for particular events (tornado, flash flood, and so on) and particular countries of interest to you.

CONCERN: How does it work?

RESPONSE: Forecasters at your regional NWS Weather Forecast Office figure out a severe weather condition event is happening or ready to take place, or local authorities figure out that a dangerous event (nuclear power plant issue, a chemical or biological mishap, and so on) has happened. The information is immediately input to a computer at a local Weather Forecast Office and relayed by NWR transmitters to areas which are at risk. Digital codes are added to each broadcast to determine the occasion (tornado, flash flood, local civil emergency, etc) and the particular counties affected. When the Warning is actually received by the NWR SAME receiver, the receiver then turns itself on, sounds an alarm, triggers a Warning light, writes a short message (TORNADO) on the screen, and activates connected external gadgets, strobe lights, sirens, vibrators, etc.

QUESTION: What do I do when I have gotten a Warning from NWR?

ANSWER: In the event that the Warning is for a tornado or flash flood, you must instantly take actions to secure yourself. Every family must have an emergency plan that lets everybody understand what to do to avoid injury or death. These actions may consist of relocating to the basement, a safe space, or lower, interior levels of your home throughout a twister or leaving to higher ground along a pre-established route throughout a flash flood.

QUESTION: Where can I get additional details about the occasion that triggered the Warning to be issued?

RESPONSE: The NWR SAME Warning message broadcast you receive likewise activates the Emergency Alert System at your regional television and radio stations. The message is likewise instantly available on the Web and at Either or both of these sources of text info can be kept an eye on to get extra info, if you can do so without putting yourself at danger.

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